Olivia Rodrigo Talks Growing Up in the Industry

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| LAST UPDATE 10/06/2021

By Joyce Ballard
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It's Olivia Rodrigo's world, and we're just living in it. The 18-year-old pop star has been rocking the live stage singing some of Sour's biggest hits and winning awards left and right. Now, she's speaking her truth about growing up in the industry.

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Our gal sat down with Teen Vogue for their October cover story and opened up about what it's like to be a teenage woman in Hollywood. "When you're in the industry, you're sort of treated like a child but expected to act like an adult," Rodrigo explained. "That's a really terrifying thought, to think that I'm not allowed to make any mistakes because I think that's how you grow as a person."

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Olivia wants to remind the world that while she might've just won MTV's best new artist and has been producing one hit track after another, she's still an 18-year-old kid. "I'm no different from any other 18-year-old out there. I'm definitely going to make a lot of mistakes in my life and in my career, probably too. That's just life," she said.

The good 4 u singer also delved into the problems facing young women today. One of the main ones on Olivia's mind? The pressures of social media. "It's so frustrating to see young girls held to a completely different standard than other people. Social media is making it even harder for young girls to grow up," she expressed. "I don't even think it's about me being like, 'Oh, I'm hurt to see people say mean things about me or my friends.'"

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Rodrigo continued, "It's really toxic for young girls to open their Snapchat app and see articles about young women who are just sharing their art and existing in the world, and watching them being torn apart for doing absolutely nothing." Re-frickin-tweet. Olivia previously discussed how social media and her rise to fame had taken their toll on her mental health.

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"I'm taking it one step at a time. It can be really tough on your mental health, though," she told Vogue Singapore in September. "I'm grateful for the people who like me for me and keep me separated from all the noise and tabloids or what people are saying about me on social media. That's always been a top priority."

It's definitely brutal out here, so we're glad Olivia has her gang to keep her grounded.